During Tuesday’s regular meeting, Gainesville City Council approved the acquisition of a $1.5 million loan intended for use by the city’s economic development corporation in creating an industrial park within city limits.
The loan will enhance “Phase One” improvements to the 142-acre park, which should be in operation during 2014. Improvements will include roadways, water, sewer, waste water and other necessary improvements — as well as professional fees and associated engineering services for the park’s initial development.
Other meeting highlights:
• Council completed first reading of the Gainesville Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) board’s approval of a sales tax rebate agreement with Valew, Inc. Under the agreement, the GEDC will provide Valew a sales tax rebate equal to 50 percent of the one-quarter percent local sales tax directly generated from qualifying sales from Valew, and paid to GEDC by the city and subsequently paid to the GEDC. The sales tax rebate agreement is for 10 years based on Valew sales between 2014 and 2024. The agreement is based on Valew maintaining its manufacturing, procurement and sales function and other potential activities or operations in Gainesville, thereby generating sales tax revenue for the GEDC.
As required by state law, no action was taken by council on first reading of the resolution, but a second reading consideration will be at the next regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 17, 2013.
• Council held a public hearing on the proposed city budget for fiscal year 2013-14. No one came forward to speak either for or against the proposed budget. Mayor Jim Goldsworthy made the announcement that the city council will consider and take action to adopt the budget at the next regularly scheduled council meeting.
• Council approved the Cooke County Appraisal District (CCAD) budget for fiscal year 2013-2014, for assessment and collection of ad valorem taxes. The budget totals $1,265,752 which is a combined total of $999,062 for appraisals and $266,690 for collections. Each tax unit under contract with the CCAD pays an allocated a portion of each budget. The allocated portion for the city of Gainesville is a combined total of $121,217.88 for appraisals and collections.
• Council adopted an ordinance on a 6-1 vote amending city code to add a maintenance and operation fee for animal control. The ordinance allows the city to charge a fee on city residential customer utility bills for the maintenance and operation of the Noah’s Ark impound facility. The fee is $1 per month, effective Oct. 1, with the first billing period with October water and sewer usage. The new fee will be published with the annual fee schedule. Gainesville City Manager Barry Sullivan said Noah’s Ark requested additional funding this year for operation of the animal shelter. Councilmember Beverly Snuggs voted against the ordinance.
• Council completed first reading of the GEDC board’s action approving a reduced payoff amount of $30,000 for a promissory note between the GEDC and RAF Industries (d.b.a. Lazart, or its successors and assigns). There was no discussion by council and no action was taken on this first reading of the resolution. Second reading consideration will be at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
• Council approved designation of City Controller Karen Dixon as the authorized officer for access to Fairview Cemetery trust accounts held at Bank of America, in order to receive information and process payments. The city of Gainesville is the beneficiary of two trust accounts providing for placement of flowers each year on the graves of the benefactor’s relatives at Fairview Cemetery. Bank of America, N.A. is the executor of the estate and processes payment for the flowers.
• Goldsworthy issued a proclamation designating the month of September 2013 as “Blood Cancer Awareness Month,” dedicated to finding cures for these diseases through research efforts and the support for those that suffer from the blood cancers leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
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